CANVAS

College Autism Network Virtual Association of Scholars

The College Autism Network Virtual Association of Scholars (CANVAS) invites individuals from around the world, who conduct research on and/or work with postsecondary students with autism, to communicate and collaborate with one another. Established in February 2018, CANVAS extends the work of the College Autism Network to a global level, welcoming faculty, researchers, student affairs practitioners, students, and others to capitalize on their talents and work toward making college more accessible, inclusive, and rewarding for students with autism. 

To join a live meeting, please email Brett Nachman (bnachman@wisc.edu) or join the CANVAS listserv to get detailed reminders about upcoming meetings. 

 

Upcoming Meetings & Presenters

2021

  • Thurs, Jan 14 at 2pm ET:  Presented by Courtney Butler (Program Coordinator, College Support Program; Rutgers University) – An Individualized Approach to Teaching Adults with Autism to Successfully Navigate Job Interviews via Remote Instruction
  • Thurs, Feb 11 at 2pm ET:  Presented by Dr. Laura Graham Holmes (Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate; Boston University) & Dr. Emily Rothman (Professor, Community Health Sciences; Boston University) – Using Formative Research to Develop HEARTS: A Healthy Relationships Promoting Intervention for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum
  • Thurs, March 11 at 6pm ET: Presented by Dr. Craig Thompson (Curtin University) & Dr. Melissa Black (Curtin University) – Autistic Adults’ Success Factors for Employment and Beyond 
  • Thurs, April 22 at 12pm ET: Presented by Dr. Jess Monahan (Research Manager, Spectrum Scholars; University of Delaware) and Dr. Brian Freedman (Associate Director, Center for Students with Disabilities & Director, Spectrum Scholars; University of Delaware) – Social Skills Interventions for Young Adults: Fitting into a Neurotypical World?
  • Thurs, May 20 at 2pm ET: Presented by Dr. Hyejung Kim (Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership; Binghamton University) – Getting Ready for College: The Intersections of Neurodiversity and Other Sites of Differences

Past Meeting Minutes & Author Presentations

2020

November

  • Cheryl Widman (University of Illinois at Chicago) discussed “Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Recorded Presentation Video

October

September

  • Jonathan Vincent (York St. John University) discussed “Transitions from higher education for autistic students and graduates: qualitative insights from the UK context
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Recorded Presentation Video

August

  • Eilidh Cage (University of Stirling) and Jack Howes (Autistic Writer and Fundraiser) discussed “Dropping out: Understanding the university experiences of autistic students who could not complete their studies.”
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Recorded Presentation Video

July

  • Alexandra Sturm (Loyola Marymount University) discussed her recently-published journal article: “Academic and Psychosocial Characteristics of Incoming College Freshmen with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Comorbidity and Gender”

May

April

  • Presenter: Sean LaRoque (Mansfield Hall)
  • Topical Focus: Measuring autistic college students’ journeys to adulthood using the Pathway to Independence Inventory: Development, results and lessons learned at Mansfield Hall – a residential college support program for students with learning differences.
  • Meeting Minutes

March

  • Presenters: Jodi Duke and Grace Francis (George Mason University) 
  • Topical Focus: Research on autistic college students and co-occurring mental health disorder; discussions on the impact of needs and coping strategies.
  • Meeting Minutes

February

  • Featured Presenter: Amy Radochonski (College Living Experience)
  • Topical Focus: “Crosswalks” between postsecondary education institutions and independent autism programs
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Recorded Presentation Video

January

  • Featured presenter: Brad Cox (Florida State University | College Autism Network)
  • Meeting Minutes

2019

November

October

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Featured presenter: Kimberly Ha (Organization for Autism Research)

September

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Featured presenter: Fred Volkmar (Yale University | Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders)

August

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Featured presenter: Valérie Van Hees (Artevelde University College Ghent)

July

May

April

March

February

January

 

2018

November

October

September

August

 

Ways to become involved:

  1. Check out the minutes, presentations, and articles from previous monthly meetings (see links on this page).
  2. Click here to sign up for our autism/higher ed list serv (here where we share news articles, research, events, and other content related to college students with autism). Click “join group” to start receiving emails.
  3. Once you’ve joined the listserv, you can share articles, presentations, and other news by sending an email tocan-canvas@collegeautismnetwork.org
  4. Contact Brett Ranon Nachman (bnachman@wisc.edu) to get updates about upcoming CANVAS meetings.
  5. Visit our CANVAS Google Drive (here we share our meeting agendas, minutes, and other CANVAS content; you can even post a profile about yourself and your work)
  6. Participate in a CANVAS Working Group based on your particular interests. 
    Collaborating on Research, Conducting Multi-site Studies, and/or Exploring Grants 

    Questions about CANVAS?